Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary the 1969 moon landings, The Apollo Missions is illustrated with documents, blueprints and photographs of the missions as they happened. Analysing the Apollo Space Program, it looks back at a key period in the development of space technology. From early attempts to send a manned vessel into space to Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the moon, David Baker reveals what happened behind the scenes, including the development of the Service and Lunar modules, mission preparation and how man made an indelible impact on the Moon's surface by leaving bacteria to collect data. Full of fascinating stories and augmented by documents that chronicled the development of the program, this is a brilliant commemoration of one of man's most astounding feats.
Stung by the pioneering space successes of the Soviet Union - in particular, Gagarin being the first man in space, the United States gathered the best of its engineers and set itself the goal of reaching the Moon within a decade. In an expanding 2nd edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, David Woods tells the exciting story of how the resulting Apollo flights were conducted by following a virtual flight to the Moon and its exploration of the surface. From launch to splashdown, he hitches a ride in the incredible spaceships that took men to another world, exploring each step of the journey and detailing the enormous range of disciplines, techniques, and procedures the Apollo crews had to master. While describing the tremendous technological accomplishment involved, he adds the human dimension by calling on the testimony of the people who were there at the time. He provides a wealth of fascinating and accessible material: the role of the powerful Saturn V, the reasoning behind trajectories, the day-to-day concerns of human and spacecraft health between two worlds, the exploration of the lunar surface and the sheer daring involved in traveling to the Moon and the mid-twentieth century. Given the tremendous success of the original edition of How Apollo Flew to the Moon, the second edition will have a new chapter on surface activities, inspired by reader's comment on Amazon.com. There will also be additional detail in the existing chapters to incorporate all the feedback from the original edition, and will include larger illustrations.
In this comprehensive overview of Man’s relationship with his planet’s nearest neighbor, David Harland opens with a review of the robotic probes, namely the Rangers which returned television before crashing into the Moon, the Surveyors which 'soft landed' in order to investigate the nature of the surface, and the Lunar Orbiters which mapped prospective Apollo landing sites. He then outlines the historic landing by Apollo 11 and the final three missions of comprehensive geological investigations. He concludes with a review of the robotic spacecraft that made remote-sensing observations of the Moon. This Commemorative Edition includes a foreword by one of the original astronauts as well as an extra section reviewing the prospect of renewed exploration there. New graphics and images are also included.
This is perhaps the most complete, detailed and readable story of manned space-flight ever published. The text begins with the historical origins of the dream of walking on the Moon, covers the earliest Mercury and Gemini flights and then moves on to the end of the Apollo era. In readable, fascinating detail, Hamish Lindsay - who was directly involved in all three programs - chronicles mankind's greatest adventure with a great narrative, interviews, quotes and masses of photographs, including some previously unpublished. In addition to bringing the history of these missions to life the book serves as a detailed reference for space enthusiasts and students.
Author: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
From Forward: “No nation ever demonstrated its aspirations and abilities as dramatically as did the United States when it landed the first men on the Moon, or as much in public: More people on Earth watched that first small step on a foreign planet than had witnessed any prior event in the ascent of man. While it is still too early to assess the full significance of that remarkable undertaking, I think it is a good time to look back on the total enterprise, while the images are still sharp, and while those concerned are available to give testimony. Historians have observed that ventures into uncharted waters are often illuminated most vividly in the words of those who were there; one thinks of Caesar's Commentaries, Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation, Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. An interesting parallel exists between the voyages of H.M.S. Beagle and the mission of Apollo: One changed the course of the biological sciences, and the others are reshaping planetary and Earth sciences. In this volume you will find the personal accounts of eighteen men who, like Darwin, were much involved in long and influential voyages. New scientific insights are an important part of the legacy of Apollo, as well as the worldwide lift to the human spirit that the achievement generated. But there is a third legacy of Apollo that is particularly germane today. This was the demonstration that great and difficult endeavors can be conducted successfully by a steadfast mobilization of national will and resources. Today we face seemingly intractable problems whose resolution may call for similar mobilization of resources and will. Husbanding the planet's finite resources, developing its energy supplies, feeding its billions, protecting its environment, and shackling its weapons are some of these problems. If the zest, drive, and dedication that made Apollo a success can be brought to bear, that may be the most priceless legacy of Apollo.”
In 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. It seemed like an impossible mission and one that the Russians?who had launched the first satellite and put the first man into Earth orbit?would surely achieve before the Americans. However, the ingenuity, passion, and sacrifice of thousands of ordinary people from all walks of life enabled the space program to meet this extraordinary goal. This is the story of fourteen of those men and women who worked behind the scenes, without fanfare or recognition, to make the Apollo missions successful.
How did science get aboard the Apollo rockets, and what did scientists do with the space allotted to them? Taking Science to the Moon describes, from the perspective of NASA headquarters, the struggles that took place to include science payloads and lunar exploration as part of the Apollo program. Donald A. Beattie—who served at NASA from 1963 to 1973 in several management positions and finally as program manager, Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments—here supplies a detailed, insider's view of the events leading up to the acceptance of science activities on all the Apollo missions.
This official NASA history document is an enthralling compilation of first-hand accounts and essays from the leading figures of the Apollo program: astronauts (Aldrin, Collins, Schmitt, Conrad, Shepard, Lovell) along with managers and engineers (Seamans, Webb, Gilruth, von Braun, Low, Petrone, Kraft, Phillips, Mueller).The editor's note states: "In planning this history we set out to record the story of Apollo before the colors fade and memories blur. At first we aimed to restrict ourselves to the actual expeditions to the Moon. But it soon became clear that this approach could not capture the scope and spirit of so far-reaching an enterprise. So we decided that the breadth of Apollo would be shown best from the differing perspectives of the people directly concerned. Each chapter author was encouraged to recount his part of the story as he remembered it. We refrained from homogenizing these contributions, although we recognized that they are necessarily personalized and slightly duplicative. But they do offer the viewpoints of some of the people who made Apollo happen, and thus may provide fresh insights into that incredible project."Contents include: Foreword * JAMES C. FLETCHER / Introduction * ROBERT C. SEAMANS, JR. / Chapter 1 A Perspective on Apollo - The forces that set us on the path to the Moon * JAMES E. WEBB / Chapter 2 "I Believe We Should Go to the Moon" - Engineering what had never been done before * ROBERT R. GILRUTH / Chapter 3 Saturn the Giant - Building the boosters to send men beyond Earth * WERNHER VON BRAUN / Chapter 4 The Spaceships - Building the first craft to cross an ocean of space * GEORGE M. LOW / Chapter 5 Scouting the Moon - Mechanical explorers went before human ones * EDGAR M. CORTRIGHT / Chapter 6 The Cape - The new shipyard of space created for Apollo - ROCCO A. PETRONE / Chapter 7 "This is Mission Control" - How men on Earth aided men in space * CHRISTOPHER C. KRAFT, JR. / Chapter 8 Men for the Moon - How they were chosen and trained * ROBERT SHERROD / Chapter 9 The Shakedown Cruises - Bold steps preceded 'one small step' * SAMUEL C. PHILLIPS / Chapter 10 Getting It All Together - Critical tests of the total system * GEORGE E. MUELLER / Chapter 11 "The Eagle Has Landed" - A goal attained, men on the Moon - MICHAEL COLLINS and EDWIN E. ALDRIN, JR. / Chapter 12 Ocean of Storms and Fra Mauro - Exploring on foot, emplacing automatic laboratories * CHARLES CONRAD, JR. and ALAN B. SHEPARD, JR. / Chapter 13 "Houston, We've Had a Problem" - A crippled bird limps safely home * JAMES A. LOVELL / Chapter 14 The Great Voyages of Exploration - Scientific expeditions return a rich harvest * HARRISON H. SCHMITT / Chapter 15 The Legacy of Apollo - New understanding of ourselves and our world * HOMER E. NEWELL